Florida Ranks in Top Three States for Hit-and-Run CrashesOctober 21, 2019 | Category: Automobile Accidents, Florida News Alerts | Share
The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety (AAA) published a study in 2018 that showed Florida was among the top three states with the highest per capita rate of fatal hit-and-run crashes. Accidents from across the United States from 2006 to 2016 were studied. Researchers found that the highest number of fatal crashes recorded had 2,049 deaths, a 60 percent increase since 2009, which is approximately a 7 percent increase each year.
Here in Southwest Florida the media frequently reports on hit-and-run accidents.
On August 6, 2019, WINK News reported that a hit-and-run driver was arrested at work after fleeing the scene of an incident. The accident happened on the southbound entrance ramp to I-75 from Colonial Boulevard in Fort Myers. A 34-year-old man was arrested when investigators determined that the right front of his 2005 Toyota struck the left rear of a 2013 BMW on the entrance ramp. The hit-and-run driver stayed at the scene briefly but then fled towards Naples.
On August 30, 2019, the News-Press reported that two cars left the scene. The hit-and-run accident closed down both lanes of U.S.41 near the Sam’s Club intersection.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), “Hit-and-run crashes are an epidemic in Florida.” Drivers are leaving the scene of hit-and-run crashes 25-40 times every day. In 2019 alone, fatal hit-and-run accidents in Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Brevard, Lake, and Volusia counties combined have doubled from this time last year.
“If you or a loved one is injured in a hit-and-run accident, after seeking medical treatment, please call our experienced team of lawyers and support staff. We are available 24/7, and there are no costs or attorney fees unless we make a monetary recovery for you,” said Fort Myers Car Accident Attorney Randall Spivey of Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A.
Fort Myers Car Accident Attorney, Randall L. Spivey is a Board Certified Trial Attorney – the highest recognition for competence bestowed by the Florida Bar and a distinction earned by just one (1%) percent of Florida attorneys. He has handled over 2,000 personal injury and wrongful death cases throughout Florida. For a free and confidential consultation to discuss your legal rights, contact the Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A., in Lee County at 239.337.7483 or toll free at 1.888.477.4839,or by email to Randall@SpiveyLaw.com. Visit SpiveyLaw.com for more information. You can contact Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A.in Charlotte County at 941.764.7748 and in Collier County 239.793.7748.